Five young public affairs practitioners shortlisted for Douglas Smith Prize 2016

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has announced the shortlist for the fourth Douglas Smith Prize for best young public affairs practitioner in the UK.

The shortlisted candidates are:

  • Anna Jobling, Senior Consultant, Interel
  • Matthew Young, Account Manager, Lansons
  • Jonathan Millman, Senior Account Executive, PLMR
  • Stefanie Lehmann, Senior Account Executive, PLMR
  • Liz Laurence, Senior Account Executive, Weber Shandwick

They were shortlisted following the first round of the Prize which asked candidates to submit a short essay entitled “How will Brexit affect the UK public affairs industry?”. They were also asked to submit an endorsement from their line manager or senior colleague who worked with them on a daily basis.

The Prize, in memory of PRCA founding fellow Douglas Smith, is accompanied by a £500 award and is open to practitioners 27 or under at the closing date.

The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on their essay and wider work on Friday 2nd December.

The Prize is judged by Lionel Zetter, Managing Director of Zetters Political Services, Director at TEAS and PRCA Public Affairs Group Chairman; Emma Pointer, Account Director at Weber Shandwick and PRCA Public Affairs Group Vice-Chairman; Andrew Gill, Senior Account Manager at Weber Shandwick and PRCA Public Affairs Group Vice-Chairman; and Simon Richards, Senior Account Manager at FleishmanHillard Fishburn, winner of the Douglas Smith Prize 2015.

The winner will be announced at The Public Affairs Awards 2016 on 8th December.



About the PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 48 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.

Who we represent: The PRCA currently has more than 400 agency members; 270 in-house PR and communications teams from multinationals, charities and leading public sector organisations; and thousands of individual members.

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